Let’s Keep Easter Easter

This past year and a half my main WIN (see more here on a WIN) has been to simplify.  I hunger for simplicity in life, in things, in mind.  This last Christmas, I (think) successfully removed our family from the crazy that is Christmas with my first Consumerism Sit Out.  We hand made gifts, and few they were.  WE  brought the focus back to what Christmas REALLY is…a little baby in a manger 2000 years ago.  Fast forward to now.  I started thinking about Easter.  We spend MONTHS preparing for Christmas yet Easter always seems to be an afterthought.  Every year about a week before Easter, I look at McD and say…crap.  What are we doing for Easter??!!  So in true Easter style, I started thinking last week…Crap.  What are we doing for Easter??!!  As usual, He provides and He provided in the form of a Sunday Sermon where our clergy shared the Resurrection Eggs with the children.  THEY LOVED IT!  So, on Sunday, we are doing them again….in Ashleigh form of course!  Here it is:

You will need:

a yummy breakfast bread…So we can break bread when we find it.

4 dimes (cuz I have 4 kids)

4 swatches of purple minkee

a crown of thorns (look at Hobby Lobby)

a big rope

a cross

4 nails-big ones

a piece of card stock- this is to make a sign that says “KING OF THE JEWS”

4 pieces of sponge

4 spears…I used little arrows from a dollar store toy then just cut the “feathers” at the end off so it looked like a spear

1 big round rock

4 big eggs- to have them find with nothing in them for the empty tomb.

1 Rubbermaid Tote (to store this all)

My plan is to hide each of these items around the house and yard…instead of eggs.  I plan to have them find the bread bring it back, and as we eat it, we will read the correlating passage. (Don’t worry those are next).

So there you have it!  I want this to be as interactive as possible…hence the bigger items and multiples of a few items.  Maybe its the Montessori in me, but I want them to touch, feel, breathe, eat, and smell the story!

Oh, and don’t panic, here are the passages….

Bread: Matthew 26:26- While they were eating Jesus took a piece of bread,
gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples.
“Take and eat it,” He said, “This is My body

Dimes– Matthew 26: 14-15 hen one of the twelve disciples, named Judas Iscariot, went to
the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray
Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave
them to him.”

Purple Minkee’s– Mark 15:17- They put a purple robe on Jesus…

Crown of Thorns– Matt 27:29- Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on
His head, and put a stick on His right hand; then they knelt
before Him and made fun of Him. “Long live the King, of the
Jews!” they said.

Rope– Mark 15:15- Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he set Barabbas free for
them. Then he had Jesus whipped and handed Him over to be
crucified.

Cross – John 19: 17-18- This year I’ll use a bracelet with a cross on it, but I want McD to make me a wood cross

He went out, carrying His cross, and came to “The Place of the
Skull,” as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called “Galgotha.”) There
they crucified Him.

Nails-John 20:25b  Thomas said to them, Unless I see the scars of the nails in His hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in His side, I will not believe.”

Sign– Luke 23:38
Above Him were written these words: THIS IS THE KING OF
THE JEWS.

Sponge– Matthew 27:48

One of them ran up at once, took a sponge, soaked it in cheap
wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make Him drink it.

Spear– John 19:34

One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus’ side, and at
once blood and water poured out.

Rock– Matthew 27:59-60
Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and
placed it in his own new tomb, which he had just recently dug
out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the
entrance to the tomb and went away.

Nothing– Matt 28:6
He is not here. He has risen just as He said.

There you go!  I apologize for the no pics….I’ll get some up when we do this on Sunday!
Until next brag……